Dumoulin holds off Aru as Roche wins Vuelta a España stage 18

Nicolas Roche wins stage 18 of the Vuelta a España as Tom Dumoulin holds on to his three-second advantage over Fabio Aru in the general classification

Nicholas Roche wins stage eighteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) neutralised Fabio Aru's (Astana) every move on a thrilling stage 18 of the Vuelta a España, hanging on to his three second advantage over the Italian into the race's final three stages.

Nicolas Roche (Team Sky), part of the large breakaway, outsprinted Trek's Haimar Zubeldia for the stage win as the group of general classification favourites crossed the line together 38 seconds later.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.